This article provides an overview of key ethical considerations for the adoption of technology in social work practice. A content analysis was conducted across nine professional social work associations’ Codes of Ethics. Although considered key reference documents to guide safe practice, this research found limited and varied coverage of technology and focused predominantly on social media use. In an increasingly Internet-based and technology-driven world, social workers must resist reactionary responses to rapid technological developments. Consulting multiple sources is vital to assess the advantages and limitations of technology use, and to mitigate risks to service users, their families, fellow practitioners and the profession.
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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the University of Ulster and the Doctoral Training Alliance as a recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship Programme. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 801604.
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- Codes of Ethics
- professional competence
- social media
- social work